Celebrating Australia’s Volunteers

17 May 2021

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National Volunteer Week will run from 17 May to 23 May.

National Volunteer Week is this week, celebrating the priceless contribution volunteers make within communities.

The week which runs from Monday 17 to Sunday 23 aims to recognise the close to six million volunteers who invest over 600 million hours annually, in helping others.

Volunteering Australia’s mission is to lead, strengthen, promote and celebrate volunteering in Australia.

The theme for this year’s National Volunteer Week is Recognise. Reconnect. Reimagine.

Recognise and thank the volunteers for their work.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers continued to help our community helping with essential services, organise food packages and offer care. Making our community stronger, especially during times of need, crisis or isolation.

Reconnect by giving time to help others.

According to Volunteering Australia evidence has shown that volunteering helps better our mental well-being and or help find pathways to future employment.

Reimagine how to better support volunteers and the communities they help.

Aiming to re-collaborate more and adapt to new programs to support and engage volunteers to continue with the work they do.

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) is celebrating its volunteers by thanking them and sharing their stories throughout the week. The CFA has more than 50,000 volunteers operating across its 1,200 brigades.

Volunteering Australia has more to honour this May with the Federal Government announcing a new ‘Volunteering and Community Connectedness’ program in last weeks budget. The program aims to bring together three existing programs to streamline the volunteer sector.

Photo: Person standing wearing red shirt by Ray Sangga Kusumma available HERE and used under a Creative Commons Attribution. This image has not been modified.